Castrol Technology Centre
BP Pangbourne, Pangbourne Technology Centre
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Castrol Technology Centre is located in Oxfordshire
Castrol Technology Centre
Location within Oxfordshire
Former namesBozedown House
Alternative namesCastrol Global Technology Centre, BP Technology Centre, Castrol Research Laboratories[1]
General information
TypeChemical Research Centre
AddressWhitchurch Hill, Oxfordshire, RG8 7QR
Coordinates51°30′00″N 1°04′52″W / 51.5°N 1.081°W / 51.5; -1.081
Elevation130 m (427 ft)
Current tenants500 staff
OwnerBP/Castrol Ltd
LandlordBP UK
Other dimensions36 acres (14.6 ha)
Technical details
Floor count3

The Castrol Technology Centre is a research institute owned by BP in South Oxfordshire, north of Whitchurch-on-Thames.



Castrol was founded by C.C.Wakefield in 1899, making lubricants (Wakefield lubricator) for railways.

The research site opened in 1907.[2] The site was purchased by Castrol in 1976.

In 1993 it won the Queen's Award for Technological Achievement for its Castrol Marine Cyltech 80.[3] Castrol employs around 7,000 staff worldwide. Castrol was bought by BP in 2000.[4]


The site is around three-quarters of a mile north of the River Thames, east of the B471, accessed from the A4074 at Woodcote. The site has around 500 staff.


Castrol has twelve research sites around the world. The site at Pangbourne is the largest of the twelve sites. Research is done on rheology and the viscosity of engine oil.

See also


  1. ^ New Scientist June 1989
  2. ^ Castrol history
  3. ^ "SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 21ST APRIL 1993" (PDF). London Gazette. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  4. ^ BP